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Panama Jacks

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Quay 500 Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 448 1080
11:59 - 23:00
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant had been recommended by friends who spoke about the size of the lobster. Very disappointed to find only rock lobster. Wine choice limited in terms of availability

Thank Mags2101
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice however helping a bit small. Some other tables had the same problem. The food is good but double the price compared to the same or better dish in bettysbay. Didn't order wine as the prices were outrageous. We were warned however in advance so enjoy once as a memory as they are going to close down soon in 6... More 

Thank Huddlestone R
Brackenfell, South Africa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sea Food in Cape Town the old traditional Harbour Cafe, Not to be missed, Good Food, Rustic atmosphere, a blast from the past.just as good as I remember 30 years ago.

Thank jennyza60
Swansea, South Wales, UK
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is currently situated in the Duncan dock area, quite a way away from the thundering herd of the V&A Waterfront, so you'll need to drive or preferably take a taxi as you pass through dock check point to get there. The inside of the restaurant is quite functional on first impression, but we had a great welcome and... More 

Thank saharajack
Bellevue, Washington
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

But they ran out of two of them - the better ones! The Portuguese style was muy caliente! Also muy mussels. Abalone was ...we never ate it before...we wouldn't order it again! Our server was great and attentive even though the restaurant was packed...call ahead to book a table - we were there at about 12:30 and luckily before the... More 

Thank Vince C
Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place came highly recommended so decided to give it a bash. First impression, needs lots of TLC tables are old and sticky. My husband ordered a beer and received a dirty glass,when we complained they washed it in boiling hot water and returned it, waitress wasn't very helpful with regards to food recommendations, our food was mediocre. But the... More 

Thank Teresa R
Hong Kong, China
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610 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always have dinner here on our twice yearly visit. How is food: basically good for seafood and have good wine selection. Another favourite is their roasted duck and this time it was overcooked and poor....

Thank Ianfung
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309 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Before this memorable establishment closes down , you must go and experience a resultant that has not changed in menu and style in more than 20 years. Yes it's tired and old , but brings back memories , and serves great fish and platters at reasonable pricing.

Thank EONJoburg
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Crayfish was the best we ever had.Highly recommend. I didnt like the setup there,but the food was very good.

Thank crystall704
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As supporters of Panama Jacks since its inception - over the years we have overlooked some things and put it down to their 'quirkiness'! However, recently and especially in the light of them being forced to move and wanting the support of long term clients - I have been horrified at their service & entire attitude - the fact that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
11:59 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Quay 500 Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town Central, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 448 1080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?